Lagos State Government Goes Tough on Cultism, Criminals

Lagos State Government Goes Tough on Cultism, Criminals

Worried by the rising cases of cultism resulting in violent clashes in a few areas of the State, the Lagos State Government has reiterated its determination to deal decisively with anyone found engaged in cultism and criminal activities as it has directed the Law enforcement agencies to ensure that such unwholesome practices are dealt with the maximum force it deserves.

A statement on Wednesday signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, stated that the government would henceforth go tough with any cult member or group, sponsors or collaborators, as well as criminal gangs disturbing the peace as it would not fold its arms and watch innocent citizens suffer unduly in the hands of unscrupulous elements.

Hereforth, they will be treated as murderers and arsonists as the case may be, the statement said.

The statement said that the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has directed the State Police Command to use appropriate force to fish out and deal decisively with any individual or group of persons involved in cult activities and criminal gangs wherever they may be in the State.

It reaffirmed the commitment of the present administration to improve security and protect lives and properties of the citizens and therefore warned all criminally-minded individuals not to test the will of the government as it will be unrelent in applying the Law on anyone that indulges in illegal dredging, street fighting or anyone found threatening the safety and peaceful co-existence of Lagos residents.

The statement implored parents and guardians to keep watchful eyes on their children and wards and also the people they move with in order not to run foul of the Law.

 

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode at Prayer for the Nation 2016 Organised By Fatima Charity Foundation

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode at Prayer for the Nation 2016 Organised By Fatima Charity Foundation

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle), with former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (left) and President, Fatima Charity Foundation, Alhaja Bintu-Fatima Tinubu (right), during the Prayer for the Nation 2016, organized by the Fatima Charity Foundation, at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.​

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; President, Fatima Charity Foundation, Alhaja Bintu-Fatima Tinubu; Alhaji Lookman Olanrewaju Animashaun and Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, during the Prayer for the Nation 2016, organized by the Fatima Charity Foundation, at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.​

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd left); former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (left); President, Fatima Charity Foundation, Alhaja Bintu-Fatima Tinubu (right) and Representative of Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu, during the Prayer for the Nation 2016, organized by the Fatima Charity Foundation, at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.​

Lagos Bans Parties, Social Functions In Public Schools

Lagos Bans Parties, Social Functions In Public Schools

…Earmarks 324, 000 E-Tablets For Distribution To Students

…Reads Riot Act To Private School Owners

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it would no longer allow social functions and parties in public schools just as owners of private schools across the state have been warned to comply with rules and regulations guiding their operations.

The Deputy Governor of the State, Dr. Mrs Idiat Oluranti Adebule who disclosed this while briefing the media on the strategic focus of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration on education for 2016, said the Governor had directed that schools should no longer be used for social functions.

She said: “The Governor has directed that schools will no longer be used for social activities any longer. We want to implore members of the public to report any school that violates this directive and we would ensure that defaulting schools are sanctioned accordingly.”

Adebule, who also oversees the Ministry of Education, said the state government was putting a searchlight on the standard of education in the private schools, saying it will no longer be business as usual for such schools that undermine best practices.

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She said as a first step, the government will engage with private school owners and proprietors to intimate them on the action plan of the present administration towards improving the standard of education, saying that though government is willing to partner with private schools, they must also be willing to adhere strictly to the acceptable standard.

“Much as private schools are partners in the sector, we would not fold our hands and watch the standard flopped. Some schools even operate without registering with the government. We want to urge such schools to do the right thing or government will have no choice but to do what it has to do,” she said.

Earlier, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, while giving a detailed presentation on the policy thrust of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration for the education sector, said the state government intends to construct the biggest digital library.

He said the government was already at the planning stage of the library, while the actual establishment of the project would commence in the next quarter of the year.

He said the state government will build 10 new model schools with state of the art facilities, while two new technical colleges will be built in the course of the year in areas where such facilities are urgently needed.

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On the Ibile Tablets, Bank Olemoh said 324,000 tablets to Senior Secondary School students, adding that plans have been concluded to register all students in both public and private schools in the state under the Lagos State Student Personal Administration Number (LASPIN) project to aid proper planning.

On the free meal in schools project, he said the state government is currently perfecting its framework for the eventual take off, saying that the project is expected to on the one hand, enhance the learning capacity of the pupils and on the other, boost the economy of the state.

Lagos Declares Readiness For Feb 6 International Marathon

Lagos Declares Readiness For Feb 6 International Marathon

…Assures On Provisions For Security, Safety And Emergencies
…Confirms Participation Of World Class Marathoners, 12, 000 Others

…$50, 000 For First Prize Winner

In furtherance of its determination to achieve excellence through sports, the Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it has concluded plans to ensure a hitch free staging of the February 6 International Marathon held last in 1983.

The Lagos Marathon is expected to be declared open by the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, while the President of International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), Lord Sebastian Coe with his other counterparts from over six countries are expected to grace the event.

In a joint press briefing by the Ministry of Information and Strategy and the State Sports Commission at the Alausa Secretariat, the government assured that everything needed to ensure a successful tournament has been put in place.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde said out of the over 100, 000 forms made available, 12, 000 athletes have already confirmed participation, adding that 60 international participants in the male category have been confirmed, while a total of 20, 000 participants are expected to register.

He said out of the 20 gold class marathoners in the world, 18 have already confirmed their participation in the male category, while 6 gold marathoners in the female category have also confirmed participation.

He said the international participants are joining from countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Bahrain, Eritrea, Morocco, Cameroun, Uganda and India, while about 120 professional athletes in Nigeria will slug it out with their foreign counterparts in the tournament.

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The Commissioner disclosed that the starting point of the marathon would be at the National Stadium in Surulere by 7am, and would move through Western Avenue, Ojuelegba bridge, Jibowu bridge, Ikorodu Road, underneath Anthony bridge, underneath Maryland bridge, Ojota, Alapere, 3rd Mainland bridge, Osborn Avenue, Ikoyi bridge, Admiralty way, Lekki Concession Toll Gate, Ozumba Mbadiwe, 1004 Estate, Ahmadu Bello Way, Federal Palace Hotel, Silverbird Galleria, NTA, Bar Beach and then terminate at Eko Atlantic.

According to Ayorinde, the duration of the marathon is 42.195km, while the total prize money for sixty winners in the different categories of the tournament is N92 million.

He said the winner of the first prize will smile home with $50, 000, while the second prize winner will get $40, 000, while the third prize winner will get $30, 000.

In the Nigerian category, first prize winner will get N1 million; second prize, N750, 000 and N500, 000 for third prize.

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Speaking on the specific roles of government agencies, Ayorinde said the Ministry of Health would provide medical services, and that there would be ambulances at strategic locations to take care of any emergencies.

He said his Ministry would coordinate the awareness of the State Government concerning the tournament, while the Ministries of The Environment and that of Transportation would monitor and ensure proper cleaning as well as the routes to be used by the participating athletes.

He said the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), together with other traffic management agencies would be in charge of the alternative routes already created for commuters who may like to go about their normal business activities.

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He further disclosed that adequate security measures have equally been put in place, adding that there have been provision for permanent and static mobile deployment of 100 security personnel to cover each vulnerable points such as the pre-event venue and hotel accommodating the foreign athletes and guests for 10 days prior to the event.

Also speaking, Special Adviser to the Governor on Sports and Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr. Deji Tinubu said the security personnel were drawn from the Nigerian Army, Navy, Airforce, Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) and the Department of State Security, while five boats will also be deplored.

Tinubu added that in line with the commitment of Governor Ambode, there are plans for the event to held yearly, and that the ultimate goal is that it should be the biggest marathon event in Africa, and permanently be logged on the IAAF time table.

He added that there have equally been provisions for transponders to prevent cheating, which would also reduce the number of personnel needed for the tournament.

 

Gated Streets: Lagos State Government Reads Riot Act To Residents’ Associations

Gated Streets: Lagos State Government Reads Riot Act To Residents’ Associations

…Issues 7-Day Ultimatum To Defaulting Streets

…Says Barricades Only Allowed Between 12 Mid-night And 5am

Worried by the disturbing trend of closure of street gates across the State, the Lagos State Government on Monday ordered immediate re-opening of all street gates and barricades in the nook and cranny of the State between 5am and 12 mid-night daily, just as it warned that defaulting streets would have their gates pulled down within the next seven days.

The State Government also ordered that all street gates and barricades are now only permitted to be locked between 12 mid-night and 5am, besides such locked gates must be manned by security guards within the period under lock and key in case of emergencies.

Addressing journalists at the State Secretariat in Alausa, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Development and Chairman of Community Affairs Advisory Council, Mr. Tajudeen Adeniyi Quadri said the decision of the State Government followed series of complaints from residents on the disturbing trend of street gates and barricades.

He said there have been situations whereby fire fighters and police were prevented from getting to emergency scenes on time due to street gates and barricades as well as instances where rushing patients with emergency situations to hospital were equally frustrated.

Quadri, who addressed the briefing alongside the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon Muslim Folami; Special Adviser to the Governor on Community and Communications, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, and some Chairmen of Community Development Associations (CDA), said as a responsive and responsible government, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has directed that the restriction on closure of street gates and barricades be strictly adhere to henceforth.

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Quadri said information reaching government was that gates were being locked in several places throughout the day, causing much inconveniences of residents having to walk round to get to the main road, and that some gates were deliberately locked just to prevent others from using the roads, thereby aggravating traffic situations especially in areas where such roads are meant to serve as thoroughfares or alternative link routes.

He added that most places where gates have been mounted have become environmentally unsanitary, while it had been observed that mechanics have also turned such streets to their workshops.

He recalled that the directive on street gates and barricade was initially introduced in 2009, but it was unfortunate that as years rolled by, the directive seemed to be abandoned, as more street gates were introduced even to streets that never had them before.

Besides, Quadri said some of the street gates were constructed in such a way that they could only accommodate passage of cars and not buses, adding that such was totally unacceptable to the State Government.

Quadri recalled that as part of efforts to secure lives and property, Lagosians in the early 2000 resorted to constructing street gates and setting up barricades in their streets to ward off criminals and possibly unwanted guests.

He said: “This government therefore observes with caution that though the erecting and closing of these gates may be desirable, the consequences on the overall urban efficiency, aesthetics and functionality of the city and especially traffic flow poses questions difficult to answer.

“These barricades, though well intended, constitutes obstruction to traffic, especially in areas, where such street gates or barricades are on roads meant to serve as thoroughfares or alternative link routes,” Quadri said.

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Also speaking, Folami warned that the State Government would pull down gates and barricades in any defaulting streets, adding that government would not spare any CDA found wanting in strictly complying with the government directive on street gates and barricades.

He said Governor Ambode was very sensitive to issues affecting the communities and recalled the recent flag off of the construction of 114 roads across the 57 councils in the State, as well as the massive security infrastructure put in place to secure the State.

“In view of the challenges posed by the unrestricted erection of street gates, the State Government is revisiting the directive on the gates and barricades. Any contravention of this directive will attract necessary punishment for defaulters,” Folami said.